Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

2.8
#15 of 36 in Parks in County Down
Exploris is Northern Ireland's only Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. The Aquarium presents the underwater wonders of Strangford Lough and the coastal seas of Ireland in a variety of exciting and enjoyable exhibits.

The Seal Sanctuary provides a temporary home for sick or injured seal pups. Exploris is committed to rehabilitating injured and abandoned seal pups, preparing them for return to the wild.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Although on the expensive side at £37 for 5. It was invaluable for my children who got to handle fish and starfish etc. Plus we got to see the otters playing and the seals in the sanctuary. I never ev...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    We visited this aquarium having traveled across from Stangford on the ferry. We hadn't been before and I was impressed. My 10 and 7 year old boys thought it was great especially the seals and the trop...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Friends and I decided to go to exploris as some of us haven't been in a while and wanted to have a good day together and thought exploris was going to be a good day as we've heard so many good reviews...  more »
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  • Brilliant day out. Kids and adults loved it. Lots to see and do. The cafe is well priced and very tasty. Really good soft play area for the kids to let off steam
  • Great day out with young children who will love all the exhibits, especially the touch pool. Looks well after recent refurbishment. Will likely be a short visit for adults without children as it's quite small, so only value-for-money when kids in tow. Book online for discount and to avoid queues on public holidays.
  • Much improved after the renovation. Better for small kids now. Feels safe letting them run around. The soft play is small but good, but it's open at unpredictable times. Cafe is overpriced, but the food is good.
  • Terrible experience, took 30 minutes to walk around the place, thats including going back over a lot of the stuff! Really a waste of £9.50! And also half the tanks/attractions were half empty, especially the Seals and Otters, think i counted 1 otter and no seals what so ever, could have seen the same in a pet shop to be honest, extremely disappointed and wont be going again!
  • Dont blatter round it in 30mins. Make a day of it because everytime u do a lap ur garanteed to see something u missed or a hands on activity. Staff defo a 10/10 for knowledge and patience. Outstanding place fors kids and aldults

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